Enhancing your Bay Windows

Bay windows look great both on the outside and on the inside. They add curb appeal to your home while letting in a lot of natural light. Bay windows help make a room look bigger, making cramped spaces feel less stifling. Depending on the style installed, your bay window might also provide a cozy nook where you can watch the world go by.

Once you have them installed, or if you already have some, here are some ways you can enhance the look of your bay windows.

Curtains and Blinds

Because bay windows are designed to be large and to let in a lot of light, they leave very little for privacy.  Installing curtains or blinds allows you to control how much light comes in and when. You can open them up during the day and close them at night, or close them during the day if it’s too bright. Curtains and blinds provide a great styling option to enhance the indoor and outdoor look of your bay window.

You can buy ready-made curtains specifically made for bay windows, or you can also get customized curtain poles for your bay windows to ensure the perfect fit. If you opt to go with blinds, use vertical blinds. These allow you to angle them for privacy. You can pair your blinds with curtains for a stylish look.

Window Seat

If your bay window has a big enough of a ledge it can be turned into a cozy nook. Add in some seat cushions, colorful fabric and you have yourself a stylish cozy nook. It creates an extra relaxation space in your home.  The perfect place to cuddle up with a book and hot chocolate on a snow day.

Other Décor Items

Bay window ledge not big enough for a relaxation nook? No worries. You can still decorate it so space doesn’t look empty. You can place indoor plants or even decorative vases on the ledge. If you have a cat who likes to curl up on the ledge, avoid putting any breakable items up there.

What are some ways you enhance the looks of your bay window?  Let us know in the comments below.

5 Home Prep Tips for the Fall

Chilly days and falling leaves are right around the corner. The last few weeks of summer are the perfect time to get your home ready for fall.

Here are some ways to get your home ready for the fall.

Furnace and Boiler Prep

Colder days means a need for warmer temps indoors. The weeks leading up to fall are a perfect time to make sure your furnace or boiler are ready to go. To be on the safe side, have your furnace inspected professionally for peace of mind. Replace the filters so your furnace runs efficiently. An efficient furnace during the fall and winter save you money on heating costs.

Fireplace & Chimney Prep

If you have a fireplace now is the time to clean it out. A clean and prepped fireplace and chimney helps to avoid chimney fires. Preparing your fireplace ensures that it runs effectively and works well throughout the fall and winter. There are professionals available for chimney cleaning. Get a professional so you can ensure it is done right. Enjoy family time around the fireplace with peace of mind.

Clean Gutters

Before the leaves start falling, clean out what debris you currently have in your gutters. This will help minimize gutter clogging. Be sure to keep up a regular gutter cleaning schedule during the fall. Don’t feel like cleaning your gutter all the time during the fall? Invest in a gutter guard. This will keep debris and leaves out of your gutter, reducing how much cleaning you actually have to do.

Rearrange tool-shed

Put away the lawn mower, hedge trimmers, and other summer tools. Set out the necessary tools and equipment for fall. Set out your leaf blower, rake, broom, etc. Having these things out and arranged for easy access makes your life easier in the fall. You won’t have to go digging and searching when it’s time to rake the leaves or sweep the yard.

Get a Home Energy Inspection

Finally, get a home energy inspection to make sure you’re not losing energy. Leaks and drafts make it hard to efficiently heat your home. To keep your home comfortable without draining your wallet, get an inspection. A home energy inspector usually checks the attic insulation, windows, doors and more to make sure your home is as efficient as possible.

Check these off your list and you’re closer to having your home ready for the fall season. Are there other things you do to get your home ready each fall? Let us know in the comments.